“On April 11 Christie’s is scheduled to sell about 200 silver-gelatin Ansel Adams prints from a corporate collection in California. It is among the largest Adams collections in private hands.
“A print made 20 years later is not a vintage print,” said Robert Mann, the owner of a Manhattan photo gallery and an Adams specialist since 1977. “Vintage prints only come up for sale from time to time, and they often have more personality, because Ansel would have spent time on them getting the results he wanted. Today seasoned collectors want the earliest rendition of an image.””